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John Adams Hall

15-23 Endsleigh Street



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This two-day interdisciplinary graduate conference explores the concept of ‘Home’ as a site of contention, transformation and social reproduction, as a space in which different forms of agency are both made and revoked.

Panels include: the Queer Home; the Value of Home; Reconfiguring Inequality at Home; Territory, Sovereignity and Occupation; Crisis of Home; Home and Body; the Sense of Home; Leaving Home. Questions papers consider are, among others: How is home imagined and to what ends is it evoked? How are the thresholds of privacy regulated, and to whose exclusion? Is home in crisis? How might we re-imagine or re-work the home?

We are pleased to welcome Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Dr Emma Whipday (UCL), and Professor Ann Varley (UCL), as our opening and closing Keynote speakers.

The first day of the conference will close with a roundtable discussion followed by a drinks reception.


The conference is made possible by the Octagon Small Grants Fund.

Programme and schedule:

Day 1: Thursday 26th October

9.30-10.00AM: tea, coffee, opening remarks

10.00-10.45AM: Panel 1: The Value of Home

Sarah Butler: Be/longing: connection, resistance and fragility in novelistic representations of home

Robert Lastman: 'Home is a place of comfort, safety and memory': Survey responses from North-West London residents on their understanding of home and the community.

10.45-11.00AM: Break

11.00AM-12.00PM: Panel 2: Occupation

George Jepson: Forming the Temporary Home: Hospitality, Sovereignty and Territory in protest and land occupation.

Daniel Mann: Home Alone: Weaponizing Domestic Life

Ashika Singh: To be at Home is to leave Home. Unpicking the ‘public’ from the ‘private’ through the Calais Jungle.

12.00-12.15PM: Break

12.15-1.15PM: Key note: Emma Whipday

'The Dangers of Domesticity: Violent Homes in Early Modern England'

1.15-2.30PM: Lunch

2.30-3.30PM: Panel 3: Reconfiguring Inequality in the Home

Erica (Yejun) Zou: Transgressive Gender Roles at Play: The Dynamics of Gender Relation in Socialist States. A Comparative Literary Analysis of Christa Wolf’s Selbstversuch and Ding Ling’s Night.

Theophiline Bose-Duker: Intrahousehold Resource Allocation and Poverty: The Ghanaian Case

CS Bhagya: Abodes on the Periphery: Homecoming as solidarity in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

3.30-3.45PM: Break

3.45-4.30PM: Panel 4: Leaving Home

Anthony Taylor: From Shtetl to City: Jewish Immigration to the Lower East Side of New York and the East End of London, 1880-1921. A Study in Spatial Dynamics

Arianna Ponzini: The Importance of House and Home in Rural to Urban Migration (Shanghai)

4.30-5.00PM: Roundtable discussion

5.00-6.00PM: Drinks reception

6.30PM: Conference dinner

Day 2: Friday 27th October

10.30-11.30AM: Panel 5: Queer Homes

Thomas Liano: ͞if we did live together maybe I would love him as I should: Home-longing in Dustans In My Room

Heloise Thomas: “Like an artists’ colony”: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and the construction of home

Rado Ištok: Remember This House: Queer Diasporic Homecoming of Eileen Gray and James Baldwin

11.30-11.45AM: Break

11.45AM-12.45PM: Panel 6: No Home/Dangerous Home

Hazel Katherine Larkin: When ‘Home’ is the Most Dangerous Space – How Victims of Incest Survive in an Unsafe Environment

Carolina Páez Vacas: The family, the shelter, and the street: Underage mothers’ experiences of homelessness in Ecuador (2007-2017)

Lucy Foster: Home in Coastal Mexico

12.45-2.00PM: Lunch

2.00-3.00PM: Panel 7: Home and Body

Chai-Ju Shen: Body in the cities: imaging Taiwaneseness through choreographies

Claire (Da Young) Lee: Ballet as a Method: “home,” memory and embodiment

Eleri Anona Watson: ‘Living bumper to bumper’: bumping in Christopher Isherwood’s queer home

3.00-3.15PM: Break

3.15-4.15PM: Panel 8: Sense of Home: Thought, Sound and Being-At-Home

Sander Holsgens: Towards an intervallic cinema: 03-FLATS and the affectivities of being-at-home

Jonathan Egid: Kant, Konigsberg and ‘Armchair Philosophy’

Tom Ottway: Beyond the Boundaries of Home: Sonic Home and Composition

4.15-4.30PM: Break

4.30-5.30PM: Keynote: Ann Varley

“Home: narratives of exclusion and renewal”

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